Just how expensive? Tuition, fees, room and board at four-year private colleges averaged $36,993 in the 2009-10 academic year, according to the College Board, a not-for-profit association that tracks higher education costs and financial aid annually. Public colleges and universities may be less expensive, but tuition increases surpass those at private schools each year. For more details on the cost of college today, take a look at mint.com
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